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Planned Unit Development: Examining Approaches and Outcomes of Flexible Development in the Twin Cities Region

Many communities see planned-unit developments (PUDs) as the primary mechanism by which to achieve such goals as smart growth, walkable communities, affordable housing, and environmentally sensitive design. However, experience suggests these outcomes are rarely achieved, and little research has been conducted to determine how successfully PUD approaches are used. With funding from CGPAC and CURA, Dr. Carissa Schively Slotterback, a faculty member in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, assessed the use and outcomes of planned unit development ordinances as they relate to flexible development in the 11-county Twin Cities metro area. Expected outcomes include a better understanding of why and how PUDs are used in the Twin Cities metro; whether they achieve their intended goals; and best practices for improving their use to encourage more compact development, mixed-use development, affordable housing, and environmentally sensitive design. Research findings will be published in a future issue of the CURA Reporter.

Project Advisory Committee: Cathy Capone Bennett (ULI), Phyllis Hanson (Metropolitan Council), Brenda Kayzar (Department of Geography, U of MN), Suzanne Rhees (Minnesota DNR), Kevin Ringwald (City of Chaska), Brian Ross (CR Planning), Dick Thompson (Metropolitan Council), and Tim Thompson (Housing Preservation Program).

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Envision Minnesota
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